Qld Government defends allowing crowds at the footy

The Queensland Government has been forced to defend letting thousands of people attend today’s NRL clash in Brisbane, despite tough COVID-19 restrictions being enforced across the state.

Local business owners have slammed what they’ve described as “double standards” as they’re forced to abide by strict capacity limits and restrictions.

For at least the next two weeks, businesses in a number of local government areas across the state, including Brisbane and the Gold Coast, have to abide by the one person per four square metre rule.


Funerals and weddings have been capped at 100 people, with dancing at weddings limited to 20.

Unvaccinated Queenslanders over the age of 70 have also been urged to limit their movements.

The rules have sparked confusion, with today’s Brisbane Broncos clash with the Sharks at Suncorp Stadium given the green light to go ahead with around 14,000 tickets sold.

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, the State’s top doctor said she remained confident outdoor stadiums don’t pose a risk.

“All of our businesses, all of our stadiums, all of our indoor venues, have plans that they have got in place. And the stadiums have actually done one of the best responses since the start,” Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young said.

“So, once they really got into this, they worked it out. So, they not only have tickets and know where all these people have come from, but they’ve made absolutely sure that everyone uses the QR code going in.

“We saw that at the State of Origin… There were more QR codes than there were people because they had to QR-code within the facility as well. So, I’m very, very comfortable.”

Dr Young said to date, there has not been one outbreak at any of our stadiums.

“If you think about it, we’ve had positive cases across Australia attend stadiums and they’ve not then seen outbreaks. Because people, when they go to a stadium – and I know they do this – they go and sit in their seat and they don’t then go and move with the other people all around the stadium.

“They stay in their area. When they need to get up, wear a mask, they go, buy their food or their drink, go back to their seat. They go to the bathroom facilities, go back to their seat, which is totally different to our indoor areas, our hospitality and so forth.”

Dr Young said she believes stadiums are “in fact safer than a lot of indoor venues”.

“As long as people wear their masks until they sit in their seat, and they’ve got compliance there in that stadium, they check in with the QR code, and people who are sick and from hot spots don’t attend. 

“I know all the work the stadium’s done to go through all of the tickets to see where people have purchased tickets from. 

“So, I am as comfortable as I can be that they are no riskier”.